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Neville O’Neill and Maeve Maher-McWilliams claim wins

Maeve Maher-Williams celebrates her victory

Maeve Maher-Williams celebrates her victory

  • by Peter Dunbar
 

Neville O’Neill from Olympian Triathlon Club in Belfast and Meave Maher-McWilliams from North WestTriathlon Club powered to victory in Sunday’s firmus energy City of Derry Triathlon.

Thousands of fans enjoyed the sunshine as they cheered on 450 triathletes from across Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Great Britain and further afield.

Cometitors completed the sprint triathlon course, comprising of a 750m open water swim in the River Foyle, a 20km closed road cycle and culminating in a 5km flat run around the city.

The overall event was won by O’Neill who, despite being 30 seconds behind second place Harry Speers when they started the run, battled his way to top spot at a time of 1:03:07.

He was closely followed by international triathlete Harry Speers from Bangor who finished in 1:03:41 and used the event as good preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games later this month where he will represent Northern Ireland.

In the ladies category, North West triathlete Maher-McWilliams pipped Antrim woman Laura Wylie from High Elbow club to the post, completing the course in 1:14:13 with Laura coming in at 1:14:28 for second place.

Katherine Woods from Triangle Triathlon Club claimed third spot with a time of 1:15:25.

Paul McGilloway of the NWTC and race director of the event said: “This is our second Triathlon in the City in as many years and we are just delighted with the ongoing support for the event. We had a great turnout of participants and enthusiasts who crowded the streets to cheer on our competitors.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in this year’s gruelling challenge. So much training and work goes into preparations for race day to be at your peak level of fitness that crossing the finish line is an achievement in itself, regardless of the time it takes.

“Thanks to all those who helped to make this year’s event happen, including the committee, the volunteers and firmus energy.”

Des Brown, director of marketing for firmus energy, commented: “We were delighted to support this prestigious event once again. Everyone has really got behind the City of Derry Triathlon and we can see its popularity growing.

“There has been an exciting programme of activity leading up to this main event which included hundreds of children taking part in a kids’ TRYathlon last month, as well as information supplied to schools to encourage pupils to get fit and make healthy choices.

“This year’s Triathlon has been a wonderful opportunity to bring swimming, cycling and running to an even wider audience, continuing to showcase the NWTC and Derry~Londonderry as leaders in sporting excellence and we are pleased to have been involved in this event once again.

“The local businesses in the area will also hopefully have received a boost as 450 competitors along with their friends, families and supporters all converged on the City for the event, experiencing the first-class facilities, shops, entertainment, hotels and restaurants and that are on offer here.”

A full list of competitors and finishing times will be available on www.firmusenergyderrycitytriathlon.com

 

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